Pupils help teachers promote a love of books

Pupils help teachers promote a love of books

17th March 2022


READING ambassadors have found themselves on the same page as they help teachers promote a love of books.

Year five children at Colburn Community Primary School are encouraging their peers to develop a keen interest in reading for pleasure.

The school is also involved in a pilot project with Magic Breakfast, the initiative which ensures no child is too hungry to learn by providing healthy breakfast food and expert support.

Pupils are working with the Marcus Rashford Book Club, created by the England and Manchester United footballer and child food poverty campaigner with the help of Macmillan Children’s Books.

The book club, launched last year, aims to encourage and nurture a love of reading in children. Colburn pupils have been set a number of tasks including finding teachers’ favourite authors and designing a logo for the ambassadors.

“We are working hard to promote a love of reading for pleasure which is pivotal in children’s learning,” said headteacher Jane Knowlson

“If children return their reading book each week, at the end of a half term the teachers choose a book to suit the specific needs of each child, for them to take home and keep forever. It’s about trying to get books into pupils’ homes and by the end of the school year we will have a thriving reading community. We are also accessing the local library which is run by staff and volunteers. It’s all around developing a love of reading and reading at home.”

One of the reading ambassadors, Alba, said: “I love books, my bedroom looks like a library. I enjoy escaping into the stories knowing that I am learning as well.”

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